Established in the mid 1970’s Astley is one of the oldest commercial vineyards in England. Situated at Stourport-on-Severn it is also one of the smallest with only 5 acres under vine.
Since their first significant production in the early 1980’s, Astley has been producing award winning wines every year with the stand out wine being their ‘late harvest’.
Natural late harvest sweet wines produced on these shores are somewhat of a rarity. The wine is only produced when conditions allow with 2014 and 2011 being the only release in the last 5 years.
Astley late harvest 2014 is produced from 100% Siegerrebe. Siegerrebe literally translate to ‘victory vine’ in German, an apt translation with this wine in mind.
A sighed from the pale golden colour, the first quality you notice its light viscosity that is not usually associated with a ‘sweet wine’. Honeyed aromas with hints of caramel lead through to a welcome fresh, clean pallet. Tropical fruits with a pronounced peach and lychee character give way to a zingy sweet citric finish.
The Joy of this wine is that it is not too sweet and it is very approachable and clean. These qualities allow you to pair with many different foods but for me the ultimate would be foie gras. Spoiling, I know but so is the wine!
There is only one problem with this wine! When it is produced there is only a very small amount of bottles available, usually between 900-1100. Get it while you can, you will want more!